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A new book offers a surprising look inside the Vatican’s Secret Archives


The writings are accompanied by text and photos of the Vatican Archives building.

Then, on page 46, readers can find a papal document condemning and excommunicating Martin Luther.

The diverse collection also includes correspondent with some of the world’s most celebrated artists, like Bernini. The architect of St. Peter’s Basilica, writes to the pope requesting payment for his work at Saint Mary Mayor’s Basilica and the famous Bernini’s Angels that line the bridge at Castle St. Angelo. In all Bernini was requesting more than 8 thousand scudi. 

In the year 1550, Michelangelo also wrote a letter requesting payment and saying a long conclave was stalling his work on the basilica’s dome. 

That conclave was the one that elected Pius VI. It took more than three months and the official ballot is a part of this collection too.

A collection of that gives readers around the world a taste of what lies inside the walls of the Vatican.